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Eiteljorg Museum to Receive $120,000 Federal Grant

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September 12, 2013

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 Eiteljorg Museum to Receive $120,000 Federal Grant for Storage Improvements
Museum will be recognized at Capitol Hill event

Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced nearly $30 million in grants to museums across the nation. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will receive over $120,000, through the Museums for America program, for a multi-tiered project that will help provide preservation improvements for its collections storage vault. This IMLS Museums for America award is one of 244 being distributed across the country.

IMLS director Susan Hildreth will present a workshop and ceremony on Capitol Hill on Sept. 18, to recognize the 2013 museum winners. The event will showcase the many ways museums support learning experiences, serve as community anchors and are stewards of cultural and scientific heritage through the preservation of their collections.

“It is exciting to see the many ways our newly announced grants further these important museum roles,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth. “I congratulate the slate of 2013 museum grant recipients for planning projects that advance innovation in museum practice, lifelong learning and community engagement.”

Eiteljorg director of collections, Amy McKune, believes the preservation grant dollars  will help the museum improve its care of collections in unexpected ways.

“I appreciate that IMLS funds these more mundane, but essential needs,” she said. “The award increases the museum’s capacity to be an effective steward of the collections it holds in the public trust. We are honored to receive this funding.”

The Eiteljorg will use the funds for several collections preservation efforts in the museum’s vault:
- Replacing 25 year old carpet with low maintenance, inert flooring;
- Adding an early warning fire detection system;
- Purchasing storage cabinets to house Native American clothing and textiles;
- Adding five space-saving print storage units to re-house framed artwork.

Eiteljorg Museum collections staff, James Nottage, Ashley Holland and Christa Barleban look at some Native textiles in an oversize cabinet in the museum's vault. The IMLS grant will support storage improvements at the Indianapolis museum.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow IMLS on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Eiteljorg Museum
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit

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